Action4Diabetics (A4D) is a UK-registered Type 1 Diabetes charity, focused on providing care and support to disadvantaged young people with the condition in Southeast Asia.
The A4D Programmes:
A4D run five key programmes that help save and transform lives in southeast Asia. Learn more about them here:
– 1. A4D Clinic Support Programme
“We establish sustainable care solutions that secure the long-term health of young people with Type 1 Diabetes, regardless of their socio-economic background”
We currently support over
young people with Type 1 Diabetes
countries in southeast Asia
The A4D Clinic Support Programme ensures young people with Type1 Diabetes (T1D) have:
Free Blood Glucose Testing Kits
Free HBA1c tests and other specific medical care
Financial support to cover travel expenses to and from hospital
Cover costs in case of medical emergency
For the families we support, the financial cost of having a child with Type 1 Diabetes can be crippling. A4D alleviates this burden and gives hope for the future.
– 2. A4D Diabetes Family Camp
“We run A4D Diabetes Camps to give young people living with Type 1 Diabetes, and their families, the opportunity to come together to make friends and learn from health professionals. They are fun and informative!”
A confidence booster:
Fun learning is the best sort of learning for young people, especially when they are trying to understand something that can be as emotionally challenging as T1D.
Often the families come from rural and isolated areas, meaning they have little to no contact with other people who have the condition. The camps bring people together for fun activities such as bingo, cooking classes, sports and role model sessions. All lessons focus on a specific area of T1D health.
Fun for the Children, facts for the parents
Health professionals also sit down with the parents to discuss the challenges that T1D pose. Through open discussion of T1D, families leave the camp in a better position to support their children and help them achieve their full potential.
– 3. ASPIRE Scholarship Programme
“We believe that Type 1 Diabetes should not hold young people back from achieving their potential. Our ambition is for the young people we support to become healthy and independent adults.”
Financial support to access higher education.
Opportunities to develop as individuals through attending personal development workshops organised by A4D.
Access to Type 1 role models: the A4D Ambassadors.
Three young people on the ASPIRE scholarship:
Banh, Chef Training
“Thank you for the opportunity, for the scholarship and for assisting me. A4D is a Type 1 Diabetes charity with so much value. I am so glad I met Fiona and Lisa, they have always helped me. I am incredibly happy to receive such an amazing opportunity from A4D. I will do my best to take care of my health and focus on my studies. Thank you. Thank you so much.” Pandy, Thailand
– 4. A4D Healthcare Capacity Building
“We help improve the expertise of healthcare professionals on the ground to create a lasting resource that will benefit young people with Type 1 Diabetes both now and in the future.”
A4D Sponsored Doctors
In under-resourced hospitals, A4D sponsor doctors who specialise in Type 1 Diabetes care. They deliver high-quality assistance to young people on the A4D Clinic Support Programme and visit families in the field.
Through partnerships with hospitals such as the Siriraj in Bangkok, A4D organise and facilitate top-class training for doctors from around the southeast Asia region.
The programme is playing a crucial role in creating a Type 1 Diabetes healthcare-professional community across the region, capable of sharing information and learning from one another.
For example, A4D organised the first-ever meeting of Type 1 Diabetes care professionals in the region. You can read recent stories from A4D Healthcare Capacity Building here: